Comparing the Different Hair Removal Techniques
If you have unwanted hair on your body, you might be wondering which removal method is the most effective. There are several different techniques used to remove hair. And while they all have the same underlying purpose of removing unwanted hair from the body, there are key differences between the techniques that shouldn’t be ignored. Below are a list of the some of the most popular hair removal techniques.
Shaving involves the use of a razor — as well as shaving cream or lotion — to cut off the upper part of unwanted hair. It’s an easy and inexpensive hair removal technique. Unfortunately, though, shaving doesn’t offer long-lasting results, as the bottom part of the hair remains in the follicle where it continues to grow.
Tweezing is a hair removal technique that involves the use of tweezers to pull or pluck out unwanted hair. Unlike shaving, it doesn’t just cut the hair; it removes hair from the follicle. Tweezing offers longer-lasting results than shaving as a result, but it’s also significantly more time-consuming. This is why most people only tweeze small areas of unwanted hair, such as their eyebrows.
There’s also waxing, which involves the use of hot wax to extract unwanted hair from the follicles. Solid wax is first heated until it turns to liquid. Once liquified, the wax is then applied the skin over the unwanted hair. As the wax cools, it’s peeled off, pulling the unwanted hair of the follicles. Waxing is more effective than shaving, and it’s able to cover a larger area than tweezing. The downside, however, is that many people find it quite painful.
A more effective hair removal technique is laser. This minimally invasive cosmetic procedure involves the use of lasers to disrupt the hair follicles. During a laser hair removal session, an aesthetician will use a device to beam laser light over the unwanted hair. There are Argon, Ruby and Alexandrine lasers, all of which will disrupt the hair follicles to discourage hair from growing.
Finally, electrolysis is a hair removal technique in which a device called an epilator is used to disrupt hair growth. Some people assume that electrolysis is the same as laser, but this isn’t necessarily true. Although they both seek to disrupt hair growth at the follicles, electrolysis performs this action using radio waves, whereas laser uses laser light. Both techniques have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the permanent removal of hair.